Jennifer Steiner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Steiner

Get to know Dr. Steiner


My research interests include the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease as well as the promotion of optimal health and performance. More specifically, my work investigates the impact of alcohol, sepsis and/or different dietary/exercise treatments on the maintenance of skeletal muscle health in relation to its interaction with other organ systems. The majority of my research uses mouse models and includes both behavioral/functional testing as well as molecular techniques.


  • B.S.Ed. in Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia
  • M.S. in Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia
  • Ph.D. in Applied Physiology, University of South Carolina
  • Postdoctoral Training in Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Berryman CE, Lieberman HR, Fulgoni VL III, Pasiakos SM. Protein intake trends and conformity with the Dietary Reference Intakes in the United States: analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001-2014. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018; [Epub ahead of print].

Steiner JL, Lang CH. Alcohol impairs skeletal muscle protein synthesis and mTOR signaling in a time-dependent manner following electrically stimulated muscle contraction. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2014 Nov 15;117(10):1170-9. PMID: 25257868

Steiner JL, Kimball SR, Lang CH. Acute alcohol-induced decrease in muscle protein synthesis in female mice is REDD-1 and mTOR-independent. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 2015, Sept 22; [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 26394774

Steiner JL, Crowell KT, Kimball SR, Lang CH. Disruption of REDD1 gene ameliorates sepsis-induced decrease in mTORC1 signaling but has divergent effects on proteolytic signaling in skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Dec; 309 (12): E981-994. PMID 26487002

Crowell KT*, Steiner JL*, Coleman CS, Lang CH. Decreased whole-body fat mass produced by chronic alcohol consumption is associated with activation of S6K1-mediated protein synthesis and increased autophagy in white adipose tissue. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2017. *authors contributed equally to work

Steiner JL, Lang CH. Etiology of alcoholic cardiomyopathy: Mitochondria, oxidative stress and apoptosis. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2017 Aug; 89:125-135. PMID:28606389; PMCID:PMC5536333. Review


  • 2011: Doctoral Student Travel Scholarship, American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR)
  • 2013: Student Research Award winner, Experimental Animal Nutrition Research Interest section, American Society of Nutrition (ASN)
  • 2014: Campbell Award for Endocrinology and Metabolism section of APS
  • 2014: NIH F32 Post-Doctoral fellowship from National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • 2015: Outstanding Post-Doctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey PA.
  • 2015: Virenda B. Mahesh Award of Excellence in Endocrinology, APS Endocrinology and Metabolism Section
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